Robert Lickliter

Robert Lickliter


  • Post-doc in Developmental Psychobiology, University of North Carolina- Greensboro
  • Ph.D. Animal Behavior/ Psychobiology University of California at Davis
  • M.S. Human Development University of California at Davis
  • B.S. Human Development University of California at Davis

Research Interests

Dr. Lickliter conducts research on the development of intersensory perception in animal and human infants, with a particular interest in the role of selective attention in perceptual processing, learning, and memory. His research also focuses on the influence of prenatal sensory stimulation on neural, physiological, and behavioral development. His theoretical efforts have addressed the assumptive base of the nature-nurture debate, the role of experience in development, the relations between developmental and evolutionary theory, and the history of developmental thinking in biology and psychology. Dr. Lickliter is currently Associate Editor of Developmental Science and serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychobiology and Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and received the Frank Beach Comparative Psychology Award from the APA.

Select Publications

Harshaw, C., & Lickliter, R. (2011). Biased embryos: Prenatal experience and the malleability of species-typical auditory preferences. Developmental Psychobiology, 53, 291-302.

Lickliter, R., & Harshaw, C. (2010). Canalization and malleability reconsidered: The developmental basis of phenotypic stability and variability. In: K. Hood, C. Halpern, G. Greenberg, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics. Wiley Blackwell.

Bertin, A., Richard-Yris, M.A., Mostl, E., & Lickliter, R. (2009). Increased yolk testosterone facilitates prenatal perceptual learning in Northern bobwhite quail. Hormones and Behavior, 56, 416-422.

Lickliter, R., & Honeycutt, H. (2009). Rethinking epigenesis and evolution in light of developmental science. In: M. Blumberg, J. Freeman, S. Robinson (Eds.), Developmental and Comparative Neuroscience: Epigenetics, Evolution, and Behavior. Oxford University Press.

Lickliter, R. (2008). Developmental dynamics: The new view from the life sciences. In: A. Fogel. B. King, & S. Shanker (Eds.), Human Development in the 21st Century: Visionary Policy Ideas from Systems Scientists. Cambridge University Press

Markham, R.G., Toth, G., & Lickliter, R. (2006). Prenatally elevated physiological arousal interferes with perceptual learning in bobwhite quail embryos. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120, 1315-1325.

Lickliter, R., Bahrick, L.E., & Markham, R.G. (2006). Intersensory redundancy educates selective attention in bobwhite quail embryos. Developmental Science, 9, 604-615.

Lickliter, R. (2005). Prenatal sensory ecology and experience: Implications for perceptual and behavioral development in precocial birds. Advances in the Study of Behavior, Vol. 35, pp. 235-274. Academic Press, New York.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Biopsychology
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Biological Bases of Behavioral Development (Graduate level)
  • History and Systems of Psychology (Graduate level)